Issues – Farm Animals

Factory Farming
The factory farms that dominate food production throughout the world employ abusive and neglectful practices that severely compromise the well-being of the animals.

Factory Fish Farming
Factory fish farmers crowd fish together and use antibiotics, pesticides and other chemicals to compensate for the deleterious effects.

PigSlaughter Age
Most animals reared for meat on factory farms are slaughtered while still less than one year old.

Chick Culling
Male chicks on factory farms throughout the world are almost always killed immediately after hatching because they will not lay eggs or be used for meat and therefore have no economic value.

Battery Cages
Many egg producers throughout the world are still keeping hens confined in cramped cages.

Gestation Crates
On many factory farms sows are still kept in row after row of gestation crates throughout the animals’ pregnancies.

Foie Gras
To produce foie gras, farmers force-feed ducks and geese so their livers swell to as much as 10 times their normal size.

‘Ag-Gag’ Laws
“Ag-gag” laws effectively criminalize attempts to report inhumane practices within the agriculture industry.

Fur Farms
Like factory farms, fur farms employ abusive and neglectful practices that severely compromise the well-being of the animals.

Faux Fur
In some cases faux fur is in fact real fur from a raccoon dog, coyote, rabbit or other animal.

Leather Production
Most leather is produced in developing countries in which animal welfare laws are either nonexistent or unenforced.

Sheep used in the wool industry face the same fate as other animals used for clothing — premature death in transportation, suffering in tight holding pens for months and often being conscious when eventually slaughtered.

Down Production
Workers often pull fistfuls of feathers out of live birds and thereby cause bloody wounds as the animals shriek in pain.

Although cockfighting has been made a crime in numerous countries, practice of the “sport” is still widespread.

Bullfighting continues to be popular in some countries.

Horse Racing
There is nothing glamorous about horse racing.

Horse Soring
Soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse’s legs or hooves in order to force the animal to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait.

Electric prods, spurs and bucking straps are used to irritate and enrage animals used in rodeos in order to make them seem more wild.

Animal-Gifting Hunger Relief
Animals distributed by animal-gifting hunger relief organizations very often end up living in deplorable conditions.

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